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Police, anti-Trump protesters face off in D.C.

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:55

Police and anti-Trump protesters have been squaring off in downtown Washington, D.C., just blocks from the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Black-clad activists smashed store windows and blocked traffic in Washington during U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. About 500 people, some wearing masks, marched through the city's downtown, using hammers to claw up chunks of pavement to smash the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald's outlet, all symbols of the American capitalist system. The various protest groups scattered around the city chanted anti-Trump slogans and carried signs with slogans including "Make Racists Afraid Again," a play on the New York businessman-turned-politician's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. The incident occurred about 90 minutes before Trump was sworn in at the U.S. Capitol a mile and a half (2.4 km) away. Police detained dozens of people and said they had charged an unspecified number of people with rioting. The group of detainees became a flash point after Trump was sworn in, when a crowd of several hundred that had formed to call for their release turned violent, with some throwing bottles and rocks at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. CNN reported that 90 people had been arrested. Two police officers sustained minor injuries from people who were trying to avoid arrest, police said.

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Police, anti-Trump protesters face off in D.C.

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:55